Ramirez, Ruben, Pruano, Nolla invited to Ventana Sur

SAN SEBASTIAN — Thierry Lenouvel’s Paris-based Cine Sud Promotion, an indefatigable co-producer with Latin America, has boarded Nicolas Pereda’s family drama-cum-road movie “Cuando los caballos aprendieron a llorar” (The Day Horses Cried).

“Horses” was pitched at San Sebastian’s first — and very busy — Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, which ran Sept. 27-28 at the Spanish fest.

At the Forum, Cine-Sud Promotion closed a deal to co-produce with Mexico’s Film Tank (“Norteado”) and Spain’s Tornasol Films (“The Secret in Their Eyes”), both already on board “Horses” (see Variety, Sept. 24).

The next from the prolific Pereda, whose “The Summer of Goliath” won 2010’s Venice Horizons, “Horses” turns on an ageing cowboy who seeks out his four children, spread over Mexico, to ask them to sign off on the sale of his lands.

Lenouvel first knew about the project when Pereda pitched it last year at France’s Amiens Festival Screenplay Development Fund. Pereda won a Euros10,000 grant ($12,870) for “Horses” for the writing of the script. Film Tank’s Edgar San Juan and Cine Sud were co-producers on William Vega’s 2012 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight player “La Sirga.”

The producers will now apply for a grant for “Horses” from France’s World Cinema Support Fund, Lenouvel said.

Meanwhile, building on a strategic alliance between San Sebastian, Ventana Sur and the Cannes Market, four Europe-based Forum project producers have been invited to Ventana Sur to pitch their projects: Luis Angel Ramirez (“Claria”), Michel Ruben (“The Vanished Elephant”), Mikel Pruano (“Pieta”) and Jose Nolla (“Easy Sex and Sad Movies”).

A mutant monster movie set in Cuba’s deep interior, “Claria” marks Spanish producer Luis Angel Ramirez’s directorial debut. Ramirez’s Altube Filmeak and Mexico’s Arte Mecanica produce.

Javier Fuentes-Leon’s follow-up to Sundance audience award winner “Undertow,” “Elephant” was picked up for international sales at the Forum by Urban Distribution International. UDI’s Urban Factory will co-produce (see Variety, Sept. 28).

A mystery thriller, involving the Vatican, Michelangelo Pieta and world poverty, “Pieta” is set up at Spain’s Lazo Films. Inaki Elizalde (“Baztan”) directs.

Nolla’s Iconica lead-produces “Easy Sex,” sought-after screenwriter Alejo Flah’s directorial debut, already a four-way Spain-Argentina co-production (see Variety Sept. 7).

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